Fresh from their penalty shootout success over Atletico Madrid within the Supercopa de Espana, injury-hit Madrid were mostly underwhelming until an instant of quality from Casemiro broke the situation shortly before the hour on Sat.
Indeed, Sevilla thought they’d taken the lead through Luuk de Jong’s header midway through the first half, however Julen Lopetegui’s luck was out against his former club as var came to Los Blancos’ rescue.
De Jong did have his goal once he curled in a very good strike from the edge of the area after sixty four minutes, just for Casemiro to double his tally 5 minutes later as Madrid claimed the points.
After a promising run from Rodrygo Goes came to zilch, Toni Kroos had the first sighter of the match, curling a first-time effort tamely into the arms of Tomas Vaclik.
Madrid swiftly took management, however lacked cutting edge up high and relied on var to keep them on level terms with half-hour played once de Jong’s header was disallowed for Nemanja Gudelj blocking off Eder Militao, much to Lopetegui’s chagrin.
But Casemiro took matters into his own hands within the 57th minute, lifting a deft end over Vaclik after racing onto Luka Jovic’s clever flick.
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior were introduced as Zinedine Zidane looked to press home their advantage, however it absolutely was Sevilla who struck next – de Jong’s glorious end into the left-hand corner allowed to stand despite an evident handball from Munir El Haddadi.
Parity was short lived, however, and Casemiro made no mistake once he was left unmarked within the space to go home from Lucas Vazquez’s cross, with a fine save from Vaclik preventing Kroos from adding a third late on.